Ricci Rivero joins UP Maroons

first_imgPH’s Romero Duno outpoints Mexican foe in lightweight bout China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls UP has been a major player in recruitment the past couple years, having attracted big names like Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie and NCAA juniors MVP Will Gozum.Rivero will serve his one-year residency first before being allowed to suit up for UP in the UAAP and his addition certainly makes the Fighting Maroons a legitimate championship contender.“I am thankful that the University of the Philippines has offered me a chance to continue chasing my dreams, and I am honored to announce that I have accepted their invitation to join the UP Fighting Maroons.”The feeling is mutual with the UP community embracing the 20-year-old with open arms.UP President Danilo Concepcion, members of the UP Maroons, alumni and students welcomed Rivero to UP along with longtime Maroons supporters Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Pato Gregorio, and Jonvic Remulla.ADVERTISEMENT “[The addition of Rivero] is consistent with the University’s pursuit of excellence in all fields of endeavor,” said Concepcion.The arrival of Rivero, one of the best young talents in the country, also comes with big expectations and high hopes.“The UAAP men’s basketball crown has eluded us for over thirty years, and we believe this development brings us a step closer to ending this title drought,” said NowheretogobutUP Foundation Chairperson Agaton Uvero.Rivero officially left La Salle in April, saying it was “time to move forward” after a controversial start to the year. Ricci Rivero joins the UP Maroons. Photo from his Twitter account.Former De La Salle University star Ricci Rivero has transferred to University of the Philippines.Rivero, who was forced to leave La Salle after the school cited that the versatile swingman violated university policies regarding endorsement deals, announced his move to Diliman Friday on his Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “When you’re down, there’s nowhere to go but UP!  DILIMAN here I come!” Rivero said in his tweet.In a statement, Rivero said his family, friends and Gilas teammates played a part in him opting to be a Fighting Maroon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“They told me that UP Maroons fans were crazy about the team and were there for them, win or lose. I saw that, too, when I played against them,” said Rivero.“UP students and alumni were so loud you didn’t know if they were up by ten or if their opponents were up by ten,” Rivero added in Filipino. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Bayern beat Porto and then this happened! (Video)

first_imgBayern Munich put six past Porto to book a place in the Champions League semi-final with ease.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Pep Guardiola’s men were 5-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Jerome Boateng, Thiago Alcantara, a Robert Lewandowski double and Thomas Muller, with Xabi Alonso adding the sixth in the final few minutes of the game.TOP 10 CLUBS IN EUROPE RANKED BY UEFA REVEALEDAnd afterwards, as the victorious players saluted the support, Muller picked up a megaphone and lead the fans in a post-match chant.last_img

49ers’ Gould didn’t get Chicago, but he got the next-best thing

first_imgRobbie Gould didn’t get his wish to play closer to his family in Chicago, but the 49ers were still able to satisfy their kicker in the form of a whopping, new contract that put an end to what he called a “weird offseason.”Gould, who league sources said signed a two-year, $10.5 fully guaranteed deal that may turn out to be a four-year, $19 million contract months after demanding a trade, said he’s relieved to have the drama behind him.“The big thing for me is that I wanted to be close to my …last_img

Asteroid Pi

first_imgAsteroids are much more diverse than previously imagined.  The Spitzer Space Telescope (now in its “warm” mission after the liquid coolant has dissipated) is targeting about 700 asteroids in a program called ExploreNEOs (Near-Earth Objects).  NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope website reported results from the first hundred studied.  The scientists found that near-Earth asteroids……are a mixed bunch, with a surprisingly wide array of compositions.  Like a pi�ata filled with everything from chocolates to fruity candies, these asteroids come in assorted colors and compositions.  Some are dark and dull; others are shiny and bright.  The Spitzer observations of 100 known near-Earth asteroids demonstrate that the objects’ diversity is greater than previously thought.The diversity is inferred from the asteroids’ infrared signature, the temperature disclosing something about surface size, composition, and thermal inertia (ability to hold heat).  From that data, scientists try to infer where the objects originated from, and how old they are.  One of the surprises is that numerous bright NEOs appear to be young:Since asteroid surfaces become darker with time due to exposure to solar radiation, the presence of lighter, brighter surfaces for some asteroids may indicate that they are relatively young.  This is evidence for the continuing evolution of the near-Earth object population.    In addition, the fact that the asteroids observed so far have a greater degree of diversity than expected indicates that they might have different origins.  Some might come from the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and others could come from farther out in the solar system.  This diversity also suggests that the materials that went into making the asteroids — the same materials that make up our planets — were probably mixed together like a big solar-system soup very early in its history.But extending the primordial soup metaphor to the solar system decreases the explanatory power of previous cosmogonies (stories about the origin and development of the solar system), which depended on composition as a function of radius, and complicates new explanations (cf. 09/24/2008, 05/04/2007).    The original paper in The Astronomical Journal1 noted that an object at Earth orbit should become dark by “space weathering” in a million years.  Noting the large number of bright objects, the authors suggested that the bright (and presumably young) objects may be extinct comets or remnants of recent collisions that exposed fresh surface material.  They acknowledged, however, that much is still unknown about asteroid origin and evolution.  Evolutionary theories tend to be complicated, and some findings contradict expectations.  For instance, “The small (500 m long) NEO Itokawa was visited by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, and was found to have a highly varied surface, with both regolith-free regions and regions of substantial regolith,” the paper said, referring to pulverized surface material.  “This unexpected result has greatly increased interest in the surface properties of NEOs and how they depend on an object’s history.”    In addition, about 15% of asteroids appear to be binaries (co-orbiting objects) – a dynamically improbable phenomenon, given asteroids’ low gravity and relative motions.  Though recently split objects from a collision might tend to remain in proximity enough to remain gravitationally bound, the Yarkovsky effect (a perturbing force due to sunlight pressure) and other forces would seem to disrupt the delicate pas de deux of a binary pair in short order (see 10/25/2001, 05/24/2002, 09/12/2003, 09/28/2005).    According to current thinking, most NEOs originated in the main asteroid belt and became perturbed into earth-vicinity orbits through collisions, the Yarkovsky effect and chaotic motions.  “We find that the distribution of albedos in this first sample is quite broad,” they said, however, “probably indicating a wide range of compositions within the NEO population.”  That diversity had to originally exist in the main asteroid belt, therefore, or requires positing a larger-than-predicted mixing of material from different parts of the solar system.  Either case complicates simplistic ideas about the origin of the solar system that preceded the space age.    One other asteroid phenomenon is making a planetary scientist “lose sleep,” according to New Scientist: the problem of Trojan asteroids.  These are not condoms or malware, but asteroids that get locked into the stable Langrangian points of planets, making them lead or follow large planets in their orbits.  “A family of asteroids that travels in lockstep with Jupiter appears to be different in one important respect from their purported kin in the outer solar system,” New Scientist began.  “The mismatch could spell trouble for the leading theory of how our solar system evolved.”  Called the “Nice” model, the theory, which proposes that the gas giants disrupted objects as they migrated after formation and gathered some into its Trojan orbits, predicts a different size distribution than was found by Wesley Fraser of Caltech.  He said he has “lost a lot of sleep” over the puzzle; he “cannot imagine any scenario that has a chance to explain this result.”    As with most asteroid science, though, like the asteroids themselves, our knowledge is too sparse to provide solid ground for any theory of formation or evolution.  ExploreNEOs is important work in another respect all earthlings should care about:   the authors said, “Knowledge of the size distribution is critical for estimates of the Earth impact hazard.”  Space.com reported that two small asteroids came pretty close to the Earth on September 8, and that such close encounters are not all that rare.  One rogue asteroid with our name on it could ruin a nice pi�ata party.1.  Trilling, Mueller et al, “ExploreNEOs.  i.  Description and First Results from the Warm Spitzer Near-Earth Object Survey,” The Astronomical Journal, Vol 140, No 770; doi: 10.1088/0004-6256/140/3/770.With all due regard for journalistic creative writing, pi�atas are typically created by intelligent design.  So who filled the asteroid pi�ata with such a creative variety of goodies?  Are they implying scientists are scooping up the treats without thanking the Source?  Metaphors bewitch you (07/04/2003).    The scientific work behind the metaphors is dull but necessary, tedious but incremental.  No one can draw firm conclusions from this admittedly preliminary work, other than the common experience of scientists working in exploratory projects: (1) surprises abound, (2) predictions are made to be broken, (3) nature yields its secrets with difficulty, and (4) human hubris tends to outrun reality.    Consider what they said about space weathering darkening objects within a million years.  That sounds like a long time, but it is a tiny, tiny fraction of the assumed age of the solar system (4.5 billion years).  Have there been that many impacts within the last .02% of the assumed age?  Liberate your mind.  The few planetary scientists not wedded to the moyboy paradigm (“millions of years, billions of years” see 09/16/2005), with its reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007), have the freedom to think outside the box and perhaps provide novel solutions to puzzles inherent in deep-time addiction (e.g., 09/05/2002).(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Animal Sin: What Does It Imply?

first_imgSome animals commit cruel or disgusting acts humans would consider immoral. What does this mean?Some pro-evolution scientists seem to take particular pleasure in pointing out the sins committed by animals.  Examples abound: some commit cannibalism and infanticide, engage in open homosexual acts, cheat on their spouses, steal, and deceive their neighbors – essentially breaking most if not all of the Ten Commandments.  Evolutionists are usually quick with Darwinian explanations for how these acts increase survival of the fittest, but generally fall short of advising that humans should follow their examples.  Here are some recent instances in the news:Lion cannibalism:  The BBC News addressed the question of cannibalism and infanticide among lions and other animals.  Anna-Louise Taylor offered several evolutionary explanations for why killing or eating one’s own offspring, or the offspring of a rival, “can benefit animals.”  For instance, males can beat their rivals by killing the young of another.  Females can allocate limited resources to the best offspring.  Both males and females might survive if food is scarce by eating their young.  “Although this act of cannibalism is difficult to comprehend in a human context, when meat is scarce, in the natural world it can make all the difference to whether other members of a family survive,” she said.Bird cheating:  There have been Christians who have pointed to certain birds that mate for life as lovey-dovey natural object lessons of the virtues of marital faithfulness.  Some evolutionists have responded by chirping about other bird species that are either promiscuous or cheat on their assumed faithful partners.  The fact is, some animals are monogamous, but many others are not, so it’s not reasonable to pick and choose any one as an example for humans.  Nature News had to backtrack recently, though, about an evolutionary rationalization for bird promiscuity.  A study by researchers in the UK found there might be a selective advantage against cheating, not for it.  Since both phenomena exist, though, it’s hard to attribute explanatory power to natural selection.While observational facts about animal behavior are fair game for study, philosophical and theological problems emerge when reporters or scientists try to moralize about the implications for human beings.  What are the limits of our animal nature?  How should we behave in light of these observations of animals?  Occasionally, evolutionists imply that humans, being mere animals, have no reason to behave differently than animals.  They teach that morality is a mere convention that emerged by nature’s law of natural selection.  Some argue that human vices can be excused on the basis that “animals do it.”  It’s not clear that such casual philosophers would wish to live in a society governed by the law of the jungle.  Worse, if human morality has only an evolutionary basis it destroys any ground for assuming that cannibalism or infant torture could not be justified by a society as morally good for them.Every society recognizes morality is necessary, but only Biblical theology can account for (1) the reason human beings are set apart from animals, and (2) the need for grounding morality in absolute standards of right and wrong.First, humans are not mere animals.  This is not only clear from Genesis 1:26 and many other Bible passages that state humans were created in the image of God, endowed with the mind, reason, a conscience, worship, creativity and other attributes not found in animals, but in passages that distinguish humans from “brute beasts” (e.g. Jude 10, “But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.”  Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4 was judged by being turned into a virtual animal: “Let his mind be changed from that of a man, And let a beast’s mind be given to him.”  Until his mind was restored, he acted like an animal.  In Biblical theology, therefore, humans are a kind of hybrid — possessing the attributes of mammals but also having the capacity to fellowship with the Creator.  As “souls cast into animal bodies,” as Wernher von Braun once described human nature, we need to address our bodily needs as well as our spiritual needs.Second, the spiritual nature of mankind implies that we must live by different standards than animals.  These standards have been made clear in natural revelation (e.g., conscience) and special revelation (e.g., the Ten Commandments, all of Scripture, and the life of Christ).  It is a non-sequitur to conclude that if animals commit infanticide, homosexual acts, or infidelity, that humans are permitted to do so.  Even societies oblivious to special revelation can reason from creation and conscience that we are accountable to a Creator, and have need of laws governing acceptable behavior.  Those laws are best informed by special revelation–thus the need for sharing the Word of God.Third, humans know intuitively that individuals who have lost their rational capacity are not responsible for their actions.  We do not condemn the actions of a victim of microcephaly or severe brain damage, or of a loved one suffering dementia from Alzheimer’s disease.  That’s why courts assess the mental capacity, thus the accountability, of those accused of a crime.  It’s also why the circumstances of a crime can mitigate punishment: for instance, if a person stole from hunger or desperation, or murdered someone because of fear of immediate bodily harm (even if misguided), as opposed to premeditated anger.  In such cases, a physical drive (hunger, adrenaline) that influenced the rational choice provides grounds for mitigating punishment.In short, human beings are expected to behave differently than animals–to use their reason and conscience–because we are not mere animals.  This is not unique to Christianity.  The Romans and Greeks taught this.  If you come across a pool of water surrounded by dead animals, you are expected to reason that the water is poisonous, rather than act like the dumb beasts that responded to their instincts.  If you see other people jumping off a cliff (as Mom and Dad perennially warn their teens), you should think before following the herd.With this background, we can address a thorny question: why would a morally perfect Creator permit animals to “sin” as in the above examples?  Did God create lions to eat their young or murder the babies of a rival?  First of all, the question presumes that what is is what ought to be.  On the contrary, Genesis 3 teaches that the creation, pronounced as “very good” in Genesis 1, fell due to human sin.  Plants and animals suffered the consequences through a curse on nature.  Like a damaged machine, nature has to get by without its original perfection, though still retaining enough design to exhibit the Creator’s wisdom and love.   Romans 8, thankfully, teaches that the curse will be lifted and nature will be restored to its original goodness. This is the only world view that explains natural evil as the result of a “paradise lost” while simultaneously offering the hope of a “paradise regained.”Remember that animals, as “brute beasts” without the human capacity of rationality and morality included in the image of God, are not morally responsible for what they do.  They cannot “sin.”  They follow their imbedded physical drives.  A hungry lioness, with no conscience to get twinged, might eat its cubs if hungry enough.  A male lion that kills its rivals will be most likely to pass on its genes.   A pack of scavengers will push others aside to get to the meat.   This has nothing to do with evolution, but can perpetuate behaviors that humans, with a conscience, might find repulsive.  The Creator endowed animals and plants the ability to adapt to a cursed world without thereby endorsing those behaviors as “very good.”  The creation had to “ratchet down” to a new level to adjust to damaged circumstances.  In fact, the Creator may have left natural object lessons as stimuli to remind humans to live uprightly, so as not to be like the brute beasts.  In this regard, evolutionists who use animal examples as justification for human morality are teaching the opposite of what they should infer from the observations.An evolutionist, to be sure, will not accept any of these Biblical arguments for morality.  Fine.  Let them be sentenced to live in a society for a year where might makes right, where humans kills their infants, or cannibalize the weak, that has unrestricted sex and cheating, that endorses lies and theft and abides by the law of the jungle, and they will come running and screaming back to a Christian civilization long before the time is up.  Even Richard Dawkins knows better than to take up residence in a country operating by natural selection. 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Kamte makes history at Sun City

first_img28 January 2008James Kamte raised his hands in praise after scoring a history-making breakthrough victory with an explosive five-birdie back nine to overhaul his rivals and win the R1.8-million Dimension Data Pro-Am at the Gary Player Country Club on Sunday.By winning, Kamte became the first black South African to record a victory on the tough Summer Swing of the Sunshine Tour. Three shots clearThe 25-year-old from Queenstown, whose first victory came on at the Seekers Travel Pro-Am on the Winter Swing last year, shot a final round 70 for a winning total of 11-under-par 211, three shots clear of local favourite James Kingston.The 2007 South African Airways champion carded a final round 74 to finish alone in second on eight-under, one shot ahead of Peter Karmis, who finished alone in third at seven-under after a final round 71.Six-time Sunshine Tour winner Thomas Aiken, who held a share of the lead through the 16th, birdied the last hole after signing for an eight at the 17th to claim a share of third with Norway’s Peter Kaensche and 2006 winner Alan McLean at six-under.Turning pointThe deeply religious Kamte, who was two behind at the turn, said the turning point came during the cart trip from the ninth green to the 10th tee.“Coming up the ninth, I hit a great five-iron in but messed up the hole. I looked at the leaderboard and saw I was only two behind,” said Kamte, who stayed focused by reciting scriptures to himself on the course.“I prayed all the way to the 10th (course first hole) and when I got out of the cart, I turned to my caddie Stanley (Moeng) and said to him: “We are going to win this.“I just heard God talking to me so clearly. From there, He did all the work.‘You only need two birdies’“I had a great birdie at the 10th and 12th and, walking up the 13th fairway, I could just make out that I was lying second. That was the kick I needed. Even after that bogey, I just told myself: ‘You only need two birdies, James’”.Aiken, playing a couple of matches ahead, was the outsider who made the biggest run at it. He turned in 33 and added birdies at 11 and 14. He was heading for a 67 or lower, but what looked like a potential playoff went to ashes with the eight at 17.By the time Aiken closed with a birdie for a 70, Kamte had effectively ring-fenced the R285 300 winner’s cheque with a birdie three at the 14th. One shot ahead of Kingston, he set up another four-footer at the 15th and holed it to widen the gap to two shots.“I thought to myself, ‘Wow, now I’m two ahead – now they have to catch me,’” said Kamte.Perfect tee shotAt the 17th, he hit a perfect tee shot to split the fairway and followed that up by pitching his eight-iron approach four-feet from the pin to set up birdie number six.For the first time in a week, the clouds had truly lifted and let the faded denim sky through as the sun baked down on the course. For some it meant a ray of hope; for Kamte the sun shone brightly on his champions’ walk to the 18th green.“I told Stanley we can play the last in par; with three shots, everyone had to catch me. I wasn’t going to do something stupid,” he said.Colourfully decked out in orange trousers, bright red shorts and a bright red cap, Kamte entertained with some colourful golf but couldn’t quite get the last putt on the final hole to drop for a birdie to end his day in a blaze of glory.Signature smileHowever, even as his first attempt died inches before the hole, his signature smile exploded onto his face before he tapped in for victory.There have been other champions of colour. Swaziland’s Joe Dlamini won a Swazi Open title when it was still part of the Summer Swing, and Vijay Singh won the South African Open. But they weren’t South Africans.And there have been several black South Africans winners on the Winter Swing of the Sunshine Tour, including John Mashego (1991), Lindani Ndwandwe (2001), Zimbabwe’s Tongoona Charamba (2006) and Kamte at Dainfern in September 2007.Papwa Swegolum, who annexed a couple of Natal Opens in the first half of the 1960s, should also be remembered.After his history-making victory, Kamte leaves for the Middle East where he will be contesting the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic.Higher stakes coming upProudly South African, he is delighted that his preparation at Sun City paid such high dividends because the stakes will be much higher in Dubai with around €2-million on offer.“I hope I can take this form with me; it’s what I worked on this week and I really want to do well in Dubai. I have a working game plan now and if I can apply it there, it will pay off. I will just do the work and let God do the driving.”Phalaborwa’s Deane Pappas, on a hiatus from the USA, teamed with his amateur partner Craig Harris to win the R200 000 Betterball Medal competition from Kamte and his partner, Sam Hackner, on a winning score of 28-under-par 260.Source: Sunshine Tourlast_img read more

SA a favourite among expats

first_imgExpatriates living in South Africa have decided that the country is one of the best expat locations in the world. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) South Africa is the sixth best country in the world to live in, according to expatriates based here. This was revealed in a massive global survey commissioned by global finance house HSBC Bank International. The study was conducted by UK-based research company FreshMinds. Results were released in late November 2009.Over 3 100 expats, from more than 30 industries and living in 50 countries on four continents, took part in the study earlier in the year.Titled Expat Experience, it sought to determine the challenges people encountered when living and working away from home, and also aimed to differentiate between the expat experience in various countries and on various continents, in comparison with home.In the end 26 countries made the rankings. South Africa came in behind the top five of Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Bahrain.As an expat favourite it eclipsed highly developed nations such as the US, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK, as well as other emerging nations including Brazil, Mexico, China and India.Quality of lifeThe survey is one of three reports released under HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer series of studies. The other two studies are the Expat Economics and Offshore Offspring reports.South Africa was the only African country surveyed for the economics report, where it came 13th out of 26. The results of the Offshore Offspring report, which reveals the best place to raise a family away from home, are due out in early 2010.The latest survey focused on the expat experience of mingling with local culture and society, and the increase or decrease in quality of life compared to the home country.Expats rated their current locations according to 23 day-to-day criteria, including food, accommodation, entertainment, transport, banking, utilities, healthcare, working hours, family and social life, hobbies, and more.They were also asked to rate the ease with which they were able to perform a variety of tasks, including finding accommodation for their families and schools for their children, learning the local language, making friends among local and expat communities, and arranging their finances, vehicles, utilities, and other essentials.Friendly countryIn addition to making the top 10 overall, South Africa scored highly in the categories of making local friends (2), organising schools (3), finding somewhere to live (3), social life (3), quality of life (3), and accommodation (4).South Africa was the top-ranked country for hobbyists, as well as the top country for settling down, beating Thailand and Canada which took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. More than half of those questioned – 55% – have lived in South Africa for more than five years.South Africa was rated among the top nations in terms of the ease with which expats integrated into local society, which covered factors such as setting up their bank accounts, learning the language, and arranging healthcare.According to the report, in most countries new arrivals gravitate towards the expat community when seeking new friends. Notable exceptions are Brazil, where 94% of people easily made local friends; followed by South Africa and Canada (both 91%); and India and Russia (both 90%).South Africa’s worst score was 22 out of 26, in the transport category.Most affordableA global survey earlier in the year named Johannesburg as the most affordable city in the world for foreigners.Results of the Cost of Living survey, regarded as the world’s most comprehensive study of this type, were released in March 2009.Out of 143 cities on six continents, Johannesburg was found to be the cheapest, almost three times cheaper than the most expensive city, Tokyo.The weakening of South Africa’s currency, the rand, against the dollar is said to be responsible for Johannesburg replacing Asunción in Paraguay as the least expensive location in 2009.last_img read more

Celebrating the legacy of Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 3 April 2018 – Brand South Africa mourns the passing of Mama Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela, who succumbed to a long illness on Monday 2 April 2018, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela- Mandela, fondly known as Mama Winnie, was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician. She moved to Johannesburg from the Eastern Cape in Bizana to study social work and in 1957 she met the lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and they were married a year later.As a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, she held several government positions, including Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. A member of the African National Congress (ANC) political party, she served on the ANC’s National Executive Committee and headed its Women’s League.Madikizela-Mandela retained popular support within the ANC over the years and was known to her supporters as the “Mother of the Nation”.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”“Winnie Mandela was a target of massive disinformation by STRATCOM, an Apartheid smear campaign machinery, yet she remained true to the ethos of the liberation struggle. Long live the Republic”; further adds Dr Makhubela.Mandela family spokesman‚ Victor Dlamini said, “The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing, we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman”.“As the national government we have declared that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will have a national funeral on 14 April,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa while addressing mourners outside Madikizela-Mandela’s home in Soweto.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 81 704 1488Email: [email protected]last_img read more

What will the wearables of the future look like?

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#Augmented Reality#Future Tech#pet wearables#smart clothes#virtual reality#wearables Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img The wearable industry currently consists of fitness trackers and smartwatches strapped to our wrist, but that is likely to change in the next few years, as we start to strap technology to other areas of our body and integrate chips into clothes.Here are four emerging trends in the wearable space to watch out for:Augmented realityGoogle Glass may have soured augmented reality for a few consumers, but the hype surrounding the glasses was enough to push future engineers and developers to continue building devices.Augmented reality could provide meaningful change to the way we communicate, giving us a new point-of-view for photos, an easier way to see and reply to notifications, and even new virtual worlds to explore.The stigma towards glasses, which are the primary device for an augmented reality platform, is still very much alive. Snapchat’s new glasses might remove some of the animosity, but it will be up to future developers like Magic Leap, Google, and Microsoft to show why we need to wear them.Smart clothesWrist wearables are not great for fitness tracking, especially when compared to professional health monitors. In a recent study, Fitbit and other trackers only managed to reach 80 percent accuracy, and as heart-rate increased, accuracy continued to decrease.The solution, for those that want 100 percent accuracy but don’t want the inconvenience of a chest strap, might be in the form of smart clothes.Designers and engineers have started working on clothes that can monitor your health and activity, heat up when cold, and provide other meaningful benefits. The hope is that these small developments will enter into mainstream stores in the near future.Pet wearablesWe spend an awful lot keeping our pets happy, healthy, and safe. That’s good news for wearable developers, who are starting to work on devices aimed at dogs, cats, and other household animals.These wearables provide similar functionality to fitness trackers, showing the pet’s health, wellbeing, and activity. For pet owners with a busy schedule, it gives them a way to check in throughout the day.Virtual realityOne of the most exciting developments in tech over the past five years has been virtual reality, although not everyone thinks it is going to be huge and a growing number don’t like the experience at all.Most of VR’s success so far has been in gaming, where Oculus, HTC, and PlayStation battle it out for platform control. Right now, most of the games are bog-standard, but it does give you a hint at what the future could hold. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more